General Motors is recalling 303,000 of its 2014 GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickup trucks in the United States and an additional 67,000 in Canada and Mexico due to a software glitch that could cause engine compartment fires.
GM says the pickups have engine software errors that could cause the exhaust components to overheat, leading to fires in the engine bay. Models affected include those equipped with the 4.3L V6 and 5.3L V8. Trucks with the 6.2L V8 are unaffected.
GM received reports of eight engine fires total, including three from owners. No injuries have been reported. In the recall filing, GM advised owners to avoid leaving their trucks unattended while idling. The problem is often indicated by a check engine light and a message reading “engine power reduced” in the instrument panel.
The recall will begin on Jan. 16, with customers able to contact dealers to schedule a repair early this week. GM estimates the fix to take as little as 20 minutes.